Trump signs law making 988 the national suicide prevention hotline starting in 2022, as the coronavirus pandemic has caused a mental health crisis

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President Trump signed a bipartisan bill into law on Saturday that designates 988 as the universal telephone number for the national suicide prevention hotline starting in 2022, the White House announced.

The bill will change the hotline’s number to three digits from what is it now, 1-800-273-8255 (TALK).

The National Suicide Hotline and Designation Act had previously received approval from the House of Representatives, the Senate, and the Federal Communications Commission.

“988 has an echo of the 911 number we all know as an emergency number,” Ajit Pai, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, said last

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